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Anne E. Croteau

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Bertha Dixon
Phone: 919.838.2035


Anne Croteau is a partner at Smith Anderson and focuses her practice on private equity and other financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

Anne has significant experience representing lenders in mezzanine financings, subordinated credit facilities, equity co-investments and kickers, regularly advising on intercreditor relationships, capital structures and complex restructurings.  

Anne also represents funds, companies and investors in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including platform and add-on acquisitions, recapitalizations and investment exits. Anne has experience in securities offerings (public and private), as well as joint ventures, strategic alliances and other complex commercial transactions. She counsels companies on a variety of general corporate matters, ranging from board and shareholder matters, to various contractual and operating concerns.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Anne practiced with Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago and New York.

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Wake County Bar Association
    • 10th Judicial District, Swearing In Committee
    • YLD Board, 2007
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth, Programming Committee
  • Member, Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), 2006-2007
  • Member, Kerr YMCA Board
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Recognized PractitionerBanking & Finance (2016-2017)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women (2016-2017)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers (2017)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2014-2017)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Business (2013-2014)
  • Recipient, Business Leader Magazine’s 2011 Women Extraordinaire Award
  • Graduate of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Leadership Raleigh Program (Class 27)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated



  • Represented over 10 institutional mezzanine funds in more than 50 debt and equity financings, including: (i) first lien, second lien, unsecured mezzanine, and unitranche debt investments ranging from $2 million to $50 million, (ii) preferred, common and strip equity co-investments ranging from $1 million to $15 million, and (iii) warrant and other equity kickers
  • Represented funds in connection with debt and equity restructurings and workouts
  • Represented funds in connection with third party purchases and sales of debt and equity investments
  • Represented private equity funds in various control buy-outs and non-control equity investments
  • Advised a private equity fund on the acquisition, equity and debt financing of a reference laboratory
  • Regularly represents Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), Business Development Companies (BDCs) and other private equity funds
  • Represented an acquirer in $2.6 billion merger of leading public chemical companies
  • Represented a leading national railroad in cross-border merger
  • Represented a foreign publicly traded acquirer in multiple mergers in the waste industry
  • Represented multiple chemical companies in sales of business divisions
  • Represented a public medical services company in multiple private acquisitions
  • Represented an enzyme manufacturer in sale of business division
  • Represented a real estate developer in mixed use joint venture development
  • Represented venture capital funds and start-up companies in early-stage equity and convertible debt financings

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois (Inactive)
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina


Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1998

Duke University, M.A., 1995

Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993

  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1998-1999
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